In the beginning of the story Minna and her family are in a wagon. Minna's family cannot afford a jacket so she has to wrapped in a burlap feed sac. The rest of her family stays in a blanket that her mother made. It has beautiful fall colours such as red, orange, and yellow.
Joseph's Coat of many Colours
Later on Papa got sick with the miner's cough so he couldn't go to work so he stayed at home. In the summer Papa told Minna it was time to go to school but she gave an instant "no" because she had to stay at home and help Mama make quilts. She also said no because she had no jacket, then Papa said he'll think of something but he died that summer.
The Rag Coat
Later on a few ladies came and brang food, they all said that they knew Papa. Minna quickly grabbed Clemie so that she wouldn't get stepped on. Minna couldn't stand seeing everyone wearing black, she knew that Papa didn't like black he liked the bright colours of the rainbow.
In September school started. Mama asked Minna if she wanted to go to school but she said she wanted to stay at home and help her. The Quilting Mothers were working on a pattern called Joseph's Coat of many Colours. Minna said that she wished she had a coat just like that, Mrs. Miller asked her why and she said so that she can go to school.
Mrs.Miller said that they could use scraps and stitch them together to create a coat just like Joseph's. Mama quickly protested but nobody paid attention to her. Mrs.Miller told Minna that they could use feed bags for the inside, so Minna quickly grabbed the feed bag that Papa use to carry her in.